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  • Leading with Trust: Learning from Mistakes

    Published on Friday, November 1, 2013

    Becoming a trustworthy leader is a lifelong journey that starts with possessing or developing the qualities of honesty, caring, persistence and consistency in relationships. These are essential qualities to have if leader/follower relationships are to be based in trust. Trustworthy leaders also possess visionary thinking and...

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  • Is this leadership?

    Published on Thursday, October 10, 2013

    As I struggle to accept that the House of Representatives is fundamentally flawed in its ability to provide collective leadership to this country, i am struck by the disastrous impact of their ineffectiveness. I like many people have been stunned by the government shutdown and the apparent bubble in which Representatives go about...

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  • Value, Fairness and CEO Pay

    Published on Monday, July 15, 2013

    What do they do with all that money? This is the question I was asked the other night by a colleague. It’s a question I am often asked just after the latest CEO pay reports have hit the newsstands – and especially by people who work in management consulting outside the United States. It’s a question I often ask...

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  • Corporate Citizens Stand Up – Consumers Respond

    Published on Wednesday, July 3, 2013

    At its most recent annual meeting, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz responded to a shareholder’s challenge to the company’s declaration of support for gay marriage legislation in its home state of Washington. His response was measured in tone, yet striking and forceful in its content. His comments affirmed Starbucks...

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  • Humility, Honesty, Leadership

    Published on Wednesday, May 29, 2013

    Great leaders are often recognized by the stories told of their successes. In the past, these stories were crafted in private. For some leaders, privately crafted stories were true and accurately represented the leader’s role in whatever was being covered. Yet for others, a privately crafted story was fiction.  The actions...

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  • Sometimes we imagine...

    Published on Thursday, May 2, 2013

    Sometimes we imagine that taking a stand is a very difficult thing to do. That it will be hard to make the right choice, to move forward in life, with family and friends and at work by doing the right thing, making moral choices, considering the impact of our decision on others lives before we make our choice. Yet really, it’s...

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  • Raising the Minimum Wage

    Published on Tuesday, March 5, 2013

    What does it mean to set a wage below which a person’s hourly pay can not fall? The idea of a minimum wage says that as a society we are choosing to indicate the minimum amount of money that needs to be provided to someone for his or her time and contribution at work. This hourly wage represents the value we accord to a...

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  • Higher Purpose

    Published on Tuesday, January 22, 2013

    I was quite inspired this morning watching the President’s inauguration and listening to the many speeches and readings in honor of the great tradition of leadership transition that we celebrate on inauguration day. I was particularly taken by the many ways in which people called out for all of us to reach for a higher purpose...

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  • Choices for the New Year

    Published on Tuesday, January 1, 2013

    I was recently asked to consider the question of what I would do differently if I could start over, at a younger age, yet with the knowledge I have now. Would I do anything differently? I couldn’t answer the question initially as being the logical minded person that I am, I was unable to wrap my head around the reality of the...

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  • Business Leaders Helping to Make Cities Great

    Published on Monday, November 5, 2012

    During my travels in October I participated in a number of conferences and provided a few presentations to private companies and for associations. While all of my work was interesting I had two experiences that affirmed the powerful positive role that business leaders can play in rebuilding and strengthening communities and civic...

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